TeceWall (Thermal Efficient Cost Effective Wall): TeceWall will provide low cost external wall construction that meets the performance requirements necessary for Code level 6 new buildings, with flexibility in design, appearance and buildability. The system will be: airtight, as thin as possible (because of land take), cost efficient, highly insulated, able to integrate with services, perform satisfactorily acoustically, fire and impact resistant, have an acceptable appearance and meet the requirements for future climate change. Partners: H+H UK Limited (lead), Bovis Homes Ltd, Ibstock Brick Limited, Minett Group Limited, Gaunt Francis Architects.
STARTLINK lightweight building system: The STARTLINK consortium will develop energy-efficient, low cost housing that is rapid to build by developing a family of lightweight pultruded composite fire-resistant profiles and innovative, labour-saving assembly techniques. Partners: Fibreforce Ltd (t/a Exel Composites UK) (lead), Larkfleet Homes Ltd, OCS Structural Plastics Ltd, John Hutchinson (Architect), Costain Group PLC, University of Warwick.
Improved Processes and Materials for Energy Saving Glazing (PROMISE): The project will develop new improved 'low E' coatings coupled with more efficient cost effect processes to fabricate them. Low emissivity glass, sometimes known as 'low E' or 'low energy glass', is playing an increasingly significant role in building energy efficiency. The key feature of this glass technology is a thin coating with a refractive index chosen to enhance the capture of solar energy and reduce heat loss from within the building. Partners: SAFC Hitech Ltd (lead), Pilkington Technology Management Limited, University of Liverpool.
Sustainable housing from Sitka spruce - (The Shss House): The aim of the project is to take forward the results of previous basic research and overcome the technical barriers and economic challenges in the development of Sitka spruce in an integrated whole house system for low carbon affordable housing. This will promote the conversion of a high volume, low value crop into a high value low carbon whole building system which is: Low cost; high-utility; and sustainable. Partners: Coed Cymru, Pontrilas Group Packaging Limited, Kenton Jones Ltd, Grwp Gwalia.